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Pir Panchal, Chenab Valley natural parts of Jammu region
Ladakh was never a part of Kashmir, politicians ignored Ladakhis for 70-years
2/8/2019 11:27:42 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Feb 8: Soon after Governor's administration announced Ladakh as a third administrative division of the state, Kashmir centric politicians PDP and NC presidents Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah started talking about Pir Panchal and Chenab Valley.
Mehbooba welcomed the decision of the J&K government with a "heavy heart" but she was quick to add that the J&K government has ignored regions like Pir Panchal and Chenab Valley.
"Creation of a separate administrative division for Leh is a welcome step. However ignoring Pir Panchal & Chenab Valley raises questions about the Centre's intention. Seems like Guv sb is peddling BJPs agenda by ignoring other equally deserving regions," Mehbooba tweeted.
Soon after Mehbooba took to the twitter Omar joined the chorus. "After the elections of 2019 should the people of J&K repose faith in @JKNC_ our government will grant division status to Chenab valley & Pir Panchal regions as already laid out in our regional autonomy promise," Omar tweeted. "We will take care of regional & sub-regional aspirations. We won't adopt the pick & choose approach of the Governor but will instead take a holistic view & address the wider problems. Our regional autonomy document will be our template," he said.
"Welcome the creation of separate division for Ladakh. Puts an end to their miseries. Equally important is the demand for separate divisions for Peer Panchal and Chenab. Smaller divisions will improve governance. And it will b a great relief for the inhabitants," wrote Sajad Lone on twitter.
An analyst while talking to Early Times said that Mehbooba and Omar raising the pitch to seek separate divisions for Chenab Valley and Pir Panchal is an attempt to instigate the people of Doda, Baderwah, Kishtwar and other districts to come out on streets to press for their demand for a separate region. "Pir Panchal mountain range and Chenab Valley are a natural part of the Jammu division, while Ladakh was not a natural part of Kashmir division. Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah comparing Chenab Valley and Pir Panchal with Ladakh division is totally unjustified," the analyst added.
He claimed that both the Kashmir centric politicians are trying to play a dirty game by linking Ladakh with the natural parts of the Jammu division. "People of Ladakh during all these years have been demanding that Ladakh should be declared as a separate division as the funds and development have not reached this hilly district since 1947. The Kashmir centric politicians ignored Ladakh and its people during all these years. This region has remained underdeveloped," he added.
A Kashmir watcher said that both Omar and Mehbooba have ruled the state and they are both aware about the fact that people of Ladakh region have been ignored by the successive regimes. "They should appreciate Governor Malik for taking a bold decision rather than criticizing him," he added.
Credible sources said that central government has decided to take some more steps to decentralize power at the grass roots level to give a befitting reply to those who have been enjoying absolute power without any accountability and transparency since 1947.
It's in place to mention here that Jammu and Kashmir Government on Friday approved the creation of a separate administrative or revenue division for Ladakh which would comprise of Leh and Kargil districts. Till now, Ladakh was part of the Kashmir division of Jammu and Kashmir and administratively managed through the Leh and Kargil Autonomous Hill Councils. The state will now have three divisions - Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
The government has also approved creation of the posts of Divisional Commissioner (Ladakh), Leh and Inspector General of Police (Ladakh), Leh. A committee led by the principal secretary of planning will also be set up to finalise details on staffing, posts, responsibilities and location of offices.
There have been persistent demands for a separate division taking into account the tough topographic or geographical conditions of the region and its unique cultural status. The government statement also wrote about the long-standing demand and how it deserved a special treatment due to its distance from capital Srinagar.
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